"The [XPR] system boasts of Hypertherm’s True Hole® technology that provides MASI with the ability to easily fabricate bolt ready holes down to a diameter-to-thickness ratio of 1:1." - MASI
Many fabrication processes require the cutting of holes to bolt two or more pieces or parts together, so hole production is an important part of most cutting operations. Punching, drilling, plasma, waterjet, and laser are all used depending on need and equipment availability. Ideally, fabricators prefer to use a single process for hole cutting – waterjet for example – in order to reduce material handling time and minimize production footprint.
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Welding, machining and fabrication
“There is a subtle change visually, for those who notice differences in the holes. For example, 1/2" holes in 1/4" mild steel don’t look a lot different, but a bolt fits in them nicely and True Hole makes it automatic. I used to have to program bigger holes; .520 for 1/2", but ProNest takes the guesswork out of it.” - T & J Manufacturing